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Parent–child interaction and oxytocin production in pre-schoolers with autism spectrum disorder
British Journal of Psychiatry
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is associated with genetic risk on the oxytocin system, suggesting oxytocin involvement in ASD; yet oxytocin functioning in young children with ASD is unknown. Aims To assess baseline oxytocin in pre-schoolers with ASD and test whether oxytocin production may be enhanced by parent–child contact. Method Forty pre-schoolers with high-functioning ASD were matched with 40 typically developing controls. Two home visits included an identical 45-minute social batterydoi:10.1192/bjp.bp.113.137513 pmid:24855128 fatcat:pnofw6xgbrfcdnko2u6fksl6bu